At the parish this week, lots of names coming in for prayers. It wasn’t really a function of the pastor and I settling the wording on Wednesday and me copying the two versions (though it seems there’s a law governing this)–one for the Missal excerpt book at the chair, and the other for the deacon at the ambo. Since Wednesday, four additions to the list of sick parishioners, one of whom shifted to the prayer for the deceased, and then word came that a much-loved retired priest passed away in his sleep a few nights ago.
I think I’ve softened from my more hardcore days of suggesting the intercessions should be general, like the adjective that describes them.
Our lists have grown substantial. Due to the coronavirus, I think. Currently, I cycle about two thirds of the names on alternate Masses on alternate weekends and one-third of the recent names are mentioned every week.
What do you think? Is a prayer chain enough? Is a book somewhere in the church enough? Should everybody be mentioned for long-term illness, or is a time limit better? These days, I’m inclined to leave people on it. It could be that I’m the only person even close to fretting about it.